Quirks & Snickets: An immersive treasure hunt-style experience - The Secret City

Quirks & Snickets: An immersive treasure hunt-style experience - The Secret City

Immerse yourself in historic sights and obscure quirks as you solve riddles and progress on your treasure hunt-style adventure. Once your tale starts you’ll unravel cryptic clues to unlock the hidden path to a location within walking distance. Decode the clue and search nearby to find the answer. All on your mobile phone.

--"We had a great time, seeing some interesting hidden gems and generally 'observing' more than you normally do!"
--"This was great fun for a sunny day out! Right mix of hard and difficult questions and a good walk too :)"
--"A lot of fun - we've done a lot of these and this was up there as one of the best"
--"Just completed the York trail - great fun walking round the city!! Really enjoyed it thanks."
--"Thank you so much it was great to be honest!"
--"Was great fun and a good way to see the city"


Distance: 4.0 km
Local knowledge Required: 1 / 5
Difficulty: 2 / 5
Avg Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Number of clues: 17

At half way and end earn yourself a break in a fantastic local pub or cafe. Ideal for all in all weather – just bring a coat! Assemble your team of 2 or more (friends, family, colleagues, a date..) and set the time.

A different way to explore a city’s lesser known sights and areas.

How it works:
Each clue, sent to your mobile phone, leads you to a new location within walking distance. Solve the clue and search for the answer, reply with the correct answer to unlock the next step. Hints are available if you need a helping hand and you can also receive messages if you're lost.
Have a competitive streak- Your progress is timed and ranked on our leader board, time to challenge your friends!

"A lot of fun - we've done a lot of these and this was up there as one of the best"
"Wow excellent day out! Took my time and enjoyed discovering loads of interesting stuff."

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"This experience requires a mobile phone, with some data or text messages available."
"You will be sent a trail of clues that guide you around the city and add a playful touch to exploring."
"We will not be there to physically guide you on this trail. If you get lost you can message "Lost" for a detailed route to the next clue. Send "hint" if you think you're in the right location but aren't sure where to find the clue answer!"
"You should be comfortable walking ~5km. Please wear appropriate clothing for walking, the weather and the time of year."
"There are 2 optional pub breaks on this trail. Use these to get refreshments or skip if you'd like to carry on. We have no affiliation with these establishments."
"Any further issues please contact us via Facebook messenger."
"Stroller accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"

Start Time: 12/23/2019 - 7/5/2021
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Duration: 4 Hours
Start location: St Helen’s Church, Stonegate, 5 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN, UK

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


  • A trail of riddles sent to your phone; solve each clue to unlock the path, adventure across the city and discover the hidden sights. Choose either Text Messages (SMS) or the Telegram App (Recommended)

Not Included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at the pub/bar breaks)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase at the pub/bar breaks)
  • Drinks (available to purchase at the pub/bar breaks)


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